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21.12.2007 12:30

Another Scottish visitor

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Glasgow Celtic will face Barša in the second round of the Champions League, in the second meeting this season between Rijkaardĺs side and a Scottish club.


Glasgow Celtic are always a tough side to play, as their results in the Scottish league show, where they lead the championship on 36 points, two more than Rangers, the ‘auld enemy’ and a side Barša already met in the group stages. Now Barša face the Catholic club, who qualified in second place from their group behind AC Milan.

Physical football

Milan-Celtic.jpgCeltic are renowned for their tough approach to the game. Their midfielder Scott Brown typifies this, having committed 22 fouls in the tournament, more than any other player. But he also considered one of the rising stars in the Scottish game.

And then there is master free kick taker Shunsuke Nakamura. The Japanese player, along with Dutch striker Jan Venegoor of Hesselink and Australian Scott McDonald are other quality members of a strong side.

Previous meetings

Quaresma.jpgBarša and Celtic have already met twice in the last four seasons. In 2004 the Scots put the Catalans out of the UEFA Cup, but a year later Barša got their revenge by putting Celtic out of the Champions League group stages. The first time the sides met was back in the 1964/65 Fairs Cup, with Barša qualifying that time. So Celtic Park, which holds 60,000 fans, is already fairly familiar ground for FC Barcelona.

Celtic were the first team from Scotland, in fact from anywhere in the British isles, to win the European Cup in 1966/67, when they beat Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon. That was the only major continental honour Celtic have ever won.
Another Scottish visitor
Legendary manager
The Celtic manager, Gordon Strachan, is one of the most important figures of Scottish football in recent years, having represented his country 50 times. In his day he was an extraordinarily talented midfielder, who donned the shirts of Dundee FC, Aberdeen, Manchester United, Leeds United and Coventry City FC. He went into management in 1996 at Coventry and later Southampton FC. He has been in charge of Celtic since the summer of 2005.


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